youtube pinterest twitter facebook instagram vimeo whatsapp Bookmark Entries BURGER NEW Chevron Down Chevron Left Chevron Right Basket Speech Comment Search Video Play Icon Premium Nigella Lawson Vegan Vegetarian Member Speech Recipe Email Bookmark Comment Camera Scales Quantity List Reorder Remove Open book
Menu Signed In
More answers

Preparing Bulgur Wheat

Asked by GrazielaBatista. Answered on 11th February 2021

Full question

For the Butternut and Chickpea Soup with Bulgur Wheat, do I need to soak the bulgur wheat before using it in the recipe?

Image of Nigella's Middle Eastern Minestrone
Photo by Keiko Oikawa
Butternut and Chick Pea Soup With Bulgur Wheat
By Nigella
  • 14
  • 2

Our answer

Nigella's Butternut And Chickpea Soup With Bulgur Wheat is what could be described as a middle-Eastern inspired minestrone style soup, with vegetables, preserved lemons and bulgur wheat. The bulgur wheat is added to the soup towards the end of the cooking time and cooks and softens in the aromatic broth.

For this particular dish you do not need to pre-soak the bulgur wheat before cooking it. Bulgur wheat is made from whole wheat grains (berries) that have been cracked, then pre-cooked and dried. As the wheat is pre-cooked it does not need much extra cooking and will soften quickly in hot liquids. So it is fine just to add bulgur wheat directly to the soup. If you are making a salad from bulgur wheat then you will need to soak it in boiling water before draining and using it.

Feta, Black Bean and Clementine Couscous

Tell us what you think